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Coalmine

Coalmine has one of the more unique setups I've seen. The bar area is in a dim and intimate building, tables pushed together just enough for you to squeeze by while the courtyard is generally for fallen leaves, the barista's bikes and the occasional smoker. It's lopsided arrangement as well...

Manufact Coffee Roasters

It's rare to be shocked when entering a cafe. From the outside Manufact looks like a model of a house placed on a concrete pillar, not entirely out of place among the photo studios and high-end restaurants in Apgujeong, but certainly not your typical ground-level cafe. As we walked up...

Felt

Located in Sinchon, Felt Coffee occupies a pocket of menswear stores and other young businesses that are worth checking out. If coffee shops had sister shops I'd say Felt Coffee's would be % Arabica in Kyoto, Japan. Felt Coffee has the flavor of minimalism that I love: white with wood...

Five Extracts Coffee

Despite being in Hongdae, Five Extracts never gets the mention it deserves. This may be in part because the location is closer to Sangsu Station than Hongdae station, but I feel like good coffee is worth a little extra time. If Five Extract's barista champion founder was hungry for an...

Coffee Libre

Coffee Libre in Seoul's Yeonnam-dong is coffee worth the trip. It's near some of my favorite restaurants in Seoul (Lie Lie Lie for your Banh Mi fix), and a thriving weekend crafts market. You can easily spend the day in Yeonnam-dong, but I would visit Coffee Libre even if it was...

Anthracite Coffee Roasters

Anthracite coffee in Hapjeong is located in one of the rare buildings that still has evidence of its past. Its balcony has a rusted loading crane and its doors are heavy sliding metal. All of their beautiful furniture is made from recycled houses and ships from Indonesia. The bar area...

Zombie Coffee

I've never seen a line at Zombie Coffee and that's a beautiful rarity for any coffee shop in Seoul's Hongdae neighborhood. When I last visited, there were a few people toward the back typing away at their computers and a couple sitting at the bar who obviously knew the barista....

Coffee Lab

Seoul's Hongdae neighborhood  is absolutely saturated with coffee shops of every  kind. From the gimmicky cat cafes to cheap 24 hour study chains, there is no shortage of space to stop and drink your fill, but here at the Coffee Chaser we are interested in quality and the first shop...